I saw the strange white abstract ceramic piece pictured above at a design fair back in March and have been thinking about it ever since. I love how it is ceramic but also looks like fabric and embodies the characteristics of both mediums. It is both collapsed and very powerful, ripe with tension and anticipation. I was assuming that it was made by embedding a coarse fabric with slip and sculpting the sodden fabric into shape. I was wrong.
In searching the internet I came across a similar piece and found the artist responsible, Cheryl Ann Thomas, and became immediately engaged with her practice. The pieces are actually made by connecting delicate coils together and allowing the forms to collapse in the kiln. You can watch a video of her explaining her intentions and process here.
Photos taken from Frank Lloyd Gallery